Personal Addiction Counseling
“Addictions… started out like magical pets, pocket monsters. They did extraordinary tricks, showed you things you hadn’t seen, were fun. But came, through some gradual dire alchemy, to make decisions for you. Eventually, they were making your most crucial life-decisions. And they were… less intelligent than goldfish. William Gibson
More often than not, addictions start with experimental use of drugs and alcohol in social situations. And for some people, the substance use becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of a substance to get their desired high, and soon a person may need that substance to simply feel “good.”
Drug addiction symptoms and behaviors include, among others:
• Feeling the need to use the substances regularly, which can be daily or multiple times a day
• Having intense urges for the substance
• Over time, needing more of the substance to get the same effect
• Making certain that you maintain a supply of the substance
• Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities
• Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to get the substance, such as stealing
• Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the substance
• Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using the substance
• Failed attempts to quit using the substance
If you can relate to any of the above symptoms or behaviors, it may be time to consider addiction counseling.
As an addiction counselor, I will address the symptoms of your addiction and the related areas of impaired functioning, and together we’ll structure the time and content of your ongoing recovery.
I believe that there are many paths to successful recovery that will work with your goals and desires, and ensure you can make the life changes you want to make. Contact me today for a free consultation.